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The Diary of a Killer Cat (Puffin Modern Classics) Paperback – Illustrated, 25 Nov 2004

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Product details

  • Paperback: 56 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin Classics; 1st edition (25 Nov. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141317205
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141317205
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 0.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,007,071 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Anne Fine leads a double life as an author. Of her eight novels for adult readers, she describes seven as black comedies and the first, The Killjoy, as simply 'dead black'. These adult novels cause readers to squirm with mingled horror and delight as she peels away the layers in all too familiar family relationships, exposing the tangled threads and conflicts beneath. It's therefore perhaps not surprising that Anne has openly expressed astonishment at the fact that murder in the domestic setting is not more common.
A great favourite for discussions in reading groups, Anne Fine's work has been published in over forty-five languages. Despite this, she remains best known in her home country, Britain, as a writer principally for children. She has twice won both the Carnegie Medal and the Whitbread Awards, the Guardian Children's Book Prize and numerous other prizes and awards. She was the second Children's Laureate from 2001-3, is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and was awarded an OBE for services to children's literature.
Anne Fine is an entertaining and engaging speaker on the subject of books and reading, and is in demand the world over for her tireless enthusiasm, common sense approach to literacy, and for the deliciously wicked humour that permeates all her writing.
Find out more about Anne's dual lives at www.annefine.co.uk

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"Cox's cartoon illustrations, complete with talk balloons, add to the wicked humor.  Readers will hope for an American release of the sequel, "Return of the Killer Cat.""  --"Kirkus Reviews""" "The author of "Alias Madam Doubtfire" and other popular stories writes with the same delicious wickedness for a younger audience."  --"Booklist""" "Funny throughout. . .the black-and-white sketches, some full page, bring movement and personality to the characters."  "--School Library Journal""" "Wry first-person story of a not-so-fearsome feline.  Fans of this cheeky fellow will meet an equally likeable narrator . . . in Fine's "Notso Hotso"."  --"Publisher's Weekly""" "The sardonic British humor . . . and hilarious surprise twist at the end makes this and Fine's similar dog's journal, "Notso Hotso", excellent choices for kids ready to tackle a chapter book."  --"Reading Today"

About the Author

Anne Fine was born and educated in the Midlands and now lives in County Durham. She has written numerous highly acclaimed and prize-winning books for children and adults.

Her novel The Tulip Touch won the Whitbread Children's Book of the Year Award; Goggle-Eyes won the Guardian Children's Fiction Award and the Carnegie Medal, and was adapted for television by the BBC; Flour Babies won the Carnegie Medal and the Whitbread Children's Book of the Year; Bill's New Frock won a Smarties Prize, and Madame Doubtfire was made into a major feature film.

Anne Fine was named Children's Laureate in 2001


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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 Sept. 2000
Format: Paperback
My seven year old and I barely managed to get through his reading homework we were laughing so hard. The funniest book I have read in a long time. Short, wicked, delicious.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 Oct. 2000
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My three children -- ages 7, 9 and 11 -- all laughed out loud when they read this, and so did I. Our copy has been misplaced, so we're ordering another.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C. Keane on 13 Mar. 2004
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I recommend this book to everyone young and old. It is funny and entertaining, and gives you live from a cats point of view. It will help any child to enjoy reading. Can not wait for The Return of the Killer Cat. Notso Hotso is also a good read from a dogs point of view.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Lulu on 10 Jan. 2007
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This book starts off with a cat called Tuffy who kills a few animals such as birds and mice. His owners think this is very bad, but then Tuffy brings in a rabbit. This rabbit belongs to their next door neighbours and they think Tuffy has killed it. So, they clean the rabbit up and the dad sneaks next door to put the rabbit back in it's cage!

The next day the cat flap is nailed up, so that Tuffy can go out but not in! Then Tuffy is taken to the vets to get a jab, but he causes a lot of trouble and gets sent home. In the car park they meet their neighbours and are told about the how the rabbit reappeared in it's hutch after it had died and been buried in a box in the garden!

This book is written in the first person style in the form of a diary that is written by the cat, Tuffy. I would give it 10/10. I really enjoyed reading it.

Matthew Sargeant aged 9
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By "smirrington" on 17 Mar. 2006
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Diary of the killer cat. Author Anne Fine. Reviewed by Luka Aged 7.
What would you do if your cat kept bringing dead animals in your house?
Tuffy the cat keeps bringing animals in the house, a bird then a mouse then next a rabbit. Ellie's parents take Tuffy to a vet and find out what happens. The characters are Mum,Dad,Ellie and Tuffy. Ellie is a real wimp.Tuffy is a excellent killer.
I like the part when Tuffy brings the rabbit is dead but the parents think Tuffy killed it.
I would recommend it to people who have got a really naughty cat.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 Aug. 2001
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THIS BOOK CAN MAKE ANYBODY LAUGH. IT GETS FUNNIER PAGE AFTER PAGE. IT IS IMPOSSIBLE NOT TO LIKE THIS CAT HE HAS THE CHEEKIEST MANNER AND FINDS HUMANS HARD TO UNDERSTAND. THANK YOU ANNE FINE I NEVER LAUGHED SO HARD WHILE READING TO MY KIDS.!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Necey Dee on 25 Sept. 2007
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The Diary of a killer cat is just such a lovely book.
I read it over and over again when my (now 16 year old) daughter was younger, I have read it to my nieces and nephews and I now read it to my children at school.
It never fails to make little ones (and bigger ones) smile as dear old tuffy get into mischief just being Tuffy.
If you love to read children then this a defiantly a book to read to them
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 Jan. 2000
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My favourite book of all time has got to be A Diary of a Killer Cat. It is hillarious. The Author of this great book is Anne Fine. It is about a cat who almost tells a diary. My favourite bit is when he kills a bird and everyone goes bananas and are very angry with him.My favourite character has got to be the cat himself, or should I say killer cat. I think this is a really good and funny book.
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